India: Out of sight, but Justice Justice C S Karnan is talk of the town

May 14, 2017

12 Lawyers Said No To Justice Karnan, Scared Of You, Supreme Court Told

Even five days after the Supreme Court ordered his arrest, Justice C S Karnan of the Calcutta high court remained incommunicado, with legal circles agog with reports that the embattled judge might surrender before the Madras high court. He might add a bit of drama to the surrender event by giving himself up before a B R Ambedkar statue on the campus, they said.

While it did not materialise till evening on Saturday, a senior advocate insisted that he was still at a farm near Kalahasti in Andhra Pradesh. A former staffer of Karnan was said to be in touch with him through WhatsApp. The personal security/protocol official attached with the judge during his Chennai hours visit was stationed in front of the state guest house where Justice Karnan was last seen.

The talk of Justice Karnan turning himself in gathered momentum after the seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar made it clear on Friday that his plea for recall of their order imposing six-month imprisonment on Justice Karnan had to be posted before the same bench. “It virtually ruled out any immediate relief for Justice Karnan, as the apex court has entered its six week-long summer vacation,” the senior advocate said.
Born on June 12, 1955, Justice Karnan has exactly a month to retire from the constitutional position.

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